Re: Bruno's argument

From: John M <>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 09:13:33 -0400

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From: "Stathis Papaioannou" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 5:28 AM
Subject: RE: Bruno's argument

you wrote: (excerpt):
<...The simplest explanation that comes to mind is that a brain or computer
can interact with its environment, and it is only those computations which
interact with their environment of which we can be aware. A rock may be
implementing all sorts of computations, including self-aware ones, but as
far as communicating with it goes, its "mind" is effectively segregated in a
separate, solipsistic universe. ...<

My old complaint about "all possible":
the fact that WE cannot communicate with a rock and do not understand their
(rocky)mind is no proof. Why do you think at all that a rock would
'compute'? Self-awareness? all these are OUR interpretations for OUR
immaging in Our kind of mind about the world WE think about in OUR logic.
We may concentrate on our ways but that does not deny other ways outside of
the domain of our comprehension.
We don't even communicate with 'thinking' animals!

On yhour other post reciting Chalmers: IMO he is a well balanced philosopher
and did not want to go into an idea of incomprehensible fasntasy, so took
your words and replied in kind. Kindly. I would not draw conclusions of it.

Sorry, I really do not want to be that negative in respect of your
communication which I value a lot.

John M

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